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Lost a Tooth? Take our Expert Advice

Professional advice on the facts of tooth loss

Losing a tooth as a child may not seem daunting, as you knew it was going to grow back – and you got a present under your pillow courtesy of the tooth fairy! But tooth loss in adulthood sadly has no fairytale ending.

Looking after your oral health is more than just brushing your teeth and flossing; it’s about regular check-ups with your dentist to ensure your mouth is in good working condition. Rotting teeth, gum disease – these ailments can be prevented as long as you visit the dentist at least every six months. The secret is not to simply clean, but to keep clean. Getting into a daily routine and maintaining tip top teeth doesn’t just mean you’re looking after your teeth, but your teeth are looking after you.

However, at the first sign of poor oral health, such as painful teeth, make an appointment to see your dentist immediately. Whilst you may have dental products at home that could alleviate your symptoms, your dentist is the expert and will have tools (such as X-rays) to help determine the problem. Not only will you receive professional treatment, but you can talk to your dentist about changing or improving your dental knowledge.

But remember, when it comes to tooth loss, it’s not an overnight problem. This sort of matter is an ongoing problem, which is why it is imperative that excellent oral hygiene is practiced daily and efficiently.

10 Top Tips for Perfect Oral Health

Gum disease and tooth decay strike fear in even the healthiest smiles, but the good news is they can be prevented. There are some super easy steps you can take to keep those gnashers healthy and make sure they still sparkle:

1. Brush twice a day

Even if you’re against the clock in the morning or desperate for an early night after a busy day, you need to find time to brush your choppers. Just two minutes every morning and evening is all you need to reduce your chances of gum disease and tooth decay.

2. Brush along to a song

If your toothbrush doesn’t have a timer it can be hard to work out exactly how long you’ve been brushing for, but a great way around this is to brush along to your favourite tune. Most songs are between two and four minutes long, so it’s a fab way to make brushing more fun!

3. Floss

It’s important to floss because it picks up where your toothbrush left off. When you brush normally, you won’t get to those cheeky gaps in between the teeth, but flossing can do that job. It gets rid of icky food debris and bacteria to stop plaque from forming.

4. Don’t forget your dentist!

Regular check-ups can cut down your risk of mouth problems and help keep your teeth all sparkly and clean.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste

This will help to protect that tough enamel layer on the outside of your teeth, to keep harm away from the sensitive dentine underneath.

6. Watch out for red flags

Keep an eye out for signs like toothache, extra sensitivity, bleeding or swollen gums and call your dentsit if any of these show up. It’s always best to get symptoms treated early, before they get out of hand and become something worse!

7. Avoid sugary snacks

When we eat, our enamel goes a bit softer for a while, so it can only fight against a small number of acid attacks a day. Try not to snack too much and stick to your main meals. If you do get peckish in between, keep away from sugary or acidic delights as these are the worst offenders for tooth decay.

8. Wait before you brush

If you brush straight after eating, it can actually damage your enamel, so it’s better to wait at least 45 minutes before picking up your toothbrush, giving your enamel chance to harden again.

9. Try to stop smoking

Not only does smoking stain your teeth, it also makes gum disease and loads of other health problems a lot more likely. Your dentist might be able to give you some good advice about how to quit if you are struggling.

10. Watch what you eat

Eating a lot of sugar spells bad news for our oral health, so keep an eye on your diet and look out for pesky ’hidden sugars’ in the foods you eat. These are often lurking in ready meals and hot drinks from chain coffee shops.

The Advice You Need For Great Oral Health

Dental problems are fairly common, but the good news is that most dental diseases are preventable. We strongly believe that prevention is always better than cure and we are here to provide advice and support to ensure our patients enjoy good oral health and have the relevant information and assistance to keep oral health problems firmly at bay.

Oral hygiene tips

Good oral hygiene will improve your chances of fighting dental disease significantly, so it’s really important to dedicate just a few minutes of your day to brushing and cleaning. We recommend 2-3 minutes of brushing every morning and evening. When you brush, pay attention to each individual tooth and cover all areas of the mouth. Angle the head of the brush so that you can clean the gum line and reach right to the back of the mouth. We also recommend using fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen the enamel, the hard outer layer of the tooth.

How often should I visit a dentist?

Regular dental visits are essential for good oral health and we recommend 6-9 monthly appointments for patients of all ages. If you have good oral heath, you may be advised to visit every 9 months. If you are prone to oral health issues or you have existing issues such as gum disease, you may need to visit more frequently. We may also recommend seeing a dental hygienist.

Healthy eating and oral health

Diet has a really important role to play when it comes to oral health and we advise all our patients to adopt healthy eating habits and follow a balanced diet plan. Foods that are particularly dangerous for the teeth and gums include sweets, popcorn, biscuits, cakes, crisps, fizzy drinks and acidic juices.

If you have any questions about oral hygiene, dental visits or your diet, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The Ultimate Oral Hygiene Routine

We only get one set of teeth, so it’s important for us all to do the best we can to keep our oral health at its best. Good oral care can not only save you money at the dentist, but it can also ensure that you enjoy the confidence that comes from having a pristine set of pearly whites.

The basics of good oral health

Routine dental visits are only part of keeping your mouth and teeth as healthy as possible. In between your check-ups and treatments there are three practices that are key to maintaining oral hygiene and health, and these are:

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Mouthwash

While most of us may be familiar with these, many of us are guilty of shirking at least one of these three important oral care techniques. If you rigorously brush, floss and use mouthwash, then you probably have fantastically healthy teeth and gums! If you don’t however, it may be worth looking at where you can improve your oral care regime to keep your mouth hale and healthy for as long as possible.

Brushing as part of a good oral health routine

Healthy brushing is more than just dragging a brush across your teeth. A healthy routine will involve using a brush the right size for your mouth with a fluoride toothpaste. Each brushing session should be at least two minutes long and you should be careful to brush all of your teeth, including the harder to reach ones at the back.

You will need to replace your toothbrush every three months and you should always be careful not to press too hard or brush for too long, as this can damage your gums and teeth.

Flossing as part of a good oral health routine

You can effectively floss with inter-dental brushes or dental floss. Both of these will effectively and successfully clean between your teeth, and this is one of the best ways to prevent unwanted infection and plaque. Flossing is not the most pleasant practice for most people, but the benefits for your oral hygiene are remarkable.

Mouthwash as part of a good oral health routine

Routine mouth washing with an anti-bacterial mouthwash is one of the best ways to get rid of leftover bacteria and food debris from the nooks and crannies of your mouth. A lot of these can also very successfully protect your mouth for hours afterwards, and are therefore key to good oral health.

Following these three simple and straightforward oral hygiene practices will keep you and your dentist happy in the long term. For more information on visiting one of our hygienists, please contact the team at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

The 5 Don’ts of Oral Health

When compared to general health, the average knowledge people have of oral health is surprisingly low. While some ‘dental don’ts’ may be obvious, others may surprise you and there are a number of general rules and sets of advice that it would be wise to take note of.

1. Don’t ‘overdo’ dental whitening

While it may seem obvious, many people complain of pain or over-sensitivity in their teeth due to the overuse of dental whitening. A dentist will advise against frequent teeth whitening visits, but due to the easy availability of home whitening kits many people may still be able to overuse such treatments, leading to problems with pain and sensitivity.

2. Don’t neglect your dentist

Primarily your dentist is there to check your oral health and do what he or she can if they find something amiss. However, they can’t help you in this way if you don’t go for check-ups! Even if you don’t believe you have any dental problems it is highly recommended that you visit your dentist for a check up at least once every six months.

3. Stay away from tobacco

When people think of the damage caused by tobacco, their thoughts may immediately spring to lung and throat cancer. However, tobacco –both smoking and chewing- can not only lead to lung cancer, but also gum disease and oral cancer, which can be fatal if left untreated.

4. Don’t forget the tongue!

The tongue is often forgotten when brushing our teeth, however it is essential to our oral health. The surface of the tongue is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, making it potentially dangerous to your overall health. Plaque and bacteria that has been removed from the teeth and gums by brushing can be easily replaced by any that remain on the tongue. Brushing to the back of the tongue can make many people gag, however there are specific devices on the market primarily for the purpose of cleaning tongues that eliminate this problem.

5. Don’t rush when you brush

When brushing (especially for children) it can be tempting to rush. Whether this is because you’re eager for bed after a long day or are running late in the morning, it can be tempting to give your teeth only a quick once over before finishing. Don’t! You may have an extremely busy schedule for the day, but everyone should be able to spare an extra two minutes in the mornings and evenings to make sure you have a healthy mouth. However, brushing too vigorously can also be damaging, so a balance between not brushing enough and brushing too much does need to be established.

The Problem of Periodontitis

The infection and inflammation of the bones and the ligaments that hold the teeth is called periodontitis. This condition arises when the infection or inflammation of gums is left untreated or when proper treatment is delayed. Periodontitis is the most common reason for missing teeth in adults in the UK.

Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of periodontitis are:

  • bad breath
  • red or reddish-purple gums
  • shiny gums
  • bleeding gums
  • tender and painful gums
  • swollen gums

Treatment

The objectives for the treatment of periodontitis is to lessen the inflammation, remove the pockets and ‘find and treat’ the root cause. Any rough surface, whether on a dental appliance or on the teeth, must be immediately fixed and other known illness in the body should also be taken care of.

Cleaning the teeth thoroughly is the first step. Many different kinds of instruments can be used to remove the accumulation of plaque around the teeth. Even after professional cleaning is undertaken, patients should regularly spend time keeping their teeth clean. You can check with the dentist or the hygienist for the proper technique of flossing and brushing.

People who are suffering from periodontitis must try to visit the dentist more than twice a year to get professional oral cleaning. In the presence of deep pockets around the teeth, surgery would be required to get them cleaned. Teeth could also need to be removed if the infection has spread, in order to protect the surrounding teeth.

Electric Toothbrushes vs. Traditional Toothbrushes

Regardless of the type of toothbrush used, the goal of oral hygiene and teeth brushing is to prevent sticky plaque from adhering to the tooth surface and gums causing solid tartar build-up. Plaque calculus stimulates natural bacteria in the mouth to over-colonise and rot teeth. Tooth decay is prevalent amongst those who do not maintain daily oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.

Range of products

There are a range of products that may be used for oral cleansing. Where once people may have only used manual toothbrushes, they now have the option of choosing between natural toothbrushes, manual toothbrushes and electric or battery-operated ones. In making this choice, it is worth knowing the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Choosing Traditional Versus Electric Toothbrushes

Preference – The views on the advantages and drawbacks of each type of toothbrush are varied. Some say that it is down to preference and the type of toothbrush an individual prefers to use. The vibrating sensation of electric toothbrushes may not appeal to some people. Those with sensitive teeth may find this uncomfortable. However, others may choose an electric toothbrush for its consistent cleaning technique.

Rotation Oscillation vs Manual Control – Research findings do evidence the effectiveness of electric rotation oscillation for teeth cleaning technique, however studies are not conclusive in suggesting the electric technique trumps manual teeth cleaning with traditional toothbrushes.

Oral Hygiene and Safe Use – Both types of toothbrushes may be used in a disposable manner for maintaining oral hygiene. With either electric or traditional toothbrush use, food debris may still be left caught in hard to reach oral crevices. Regular dental check-ups and professional teeth cleaning may still be required. The pressure applied in teeth brushing still depends on the user, therefore oral trauma may occur whether using an electric or traditional tooth brush. For more information on brushing teeth and the best technique and brush contact the team at Advance Dental Clinic in Essex for more information.

Stop Plaque Build-Up with a Regular Oral Hygiene Routine

Maintaining good overall hygiene means keeping your mouth smelling and looking healthy. You will need to take care that teeth are kept clean and that bits of food do not collect in them, that you do not regularly have bad breath, and that your gums are not bleeding as you floss or brush.

Good oral hygiene

If you do suffer from any of these things, there could be a dental problem that requires treatment. You should visit your dentist as soon as possible so that any issues can be identified. The dentist can also advise you on any techniques that will be useful in keeping good oral hygiene, as well as identifying any particular parts of the mouth that you need to focus on.

Preventing the build-up of plaque by looking after your teeth and gums is vital for your well-being. Having healthy teeth enables you to speak and eat well as well as helping you feel and look good.

Flossing and brushing

The best way to stop dental problems resulting from plaque is to take daily measures to stop it forming. Flossing and brushing on a daily basis will prevent you needing costly and painful treatments for serious conditions that have developed.

As well as regular check-ups with your dentist, the simple measures you can take to prevent the development of problems such as gum disease and tooth decay include the following:

  • Brushing teeth properly twice every day and flossing on a daily basis
  • Avoid snacking between meals and try to ensure your diet is balanced
  • Use toothpaste and other dental products containing fluoride
  • If it is approved by your dentist, use a fluoride mouthwash to rinse your mouth

For more information please contact the team at Advance Dental Clinic in Chelmsford.

The Benefits of Interdental Brushing

An interdental brush is a type of flossing tool used to brush out food debris and plaque from between the teeth. For optimal oral hygiene, the interdental brush should be used at least three times a week and is easily included as part of daily oral hygiene practice.

We recommend interdental brushing

The interdental brush benefits patients at Advance Dental Clinic in a number of ways:

Adjustable interdental brush heads

Our dental structures vary and the interdental brush is made to suit different sized and spaced teeth with adjustable brush heads. The flossing brushes come in thin to thicker sizes, some smaller and some larger. The brush heads are attached to a handle and may be removed and replaced as needed.

Versatile interdental brushing

Most of us have a combination of our existing teeth and dental restorations. Interdental brushes are versatile in that different brush heads may be used to clean away debris from between existing teeth and dental restorations such as crowns and bridges.

It is recommended to have a selection of brush heads to clean between teeth, tooth gaps and dental restorations. Discuss interdental brushing with your dentist if you have dental implants to replace missing teeth or wear an orthodontic device for teeth straightening.

Thorough oral hygiene

Toothbrushes and standard floss does not always get between all of the tooth grooves. Plaque and tartar may therefore develop in hard to reach places. Interdental brushes are shaped to reach into tooth grooves to remove plaque and debris, preventing bacterial colonisation and tooth decay.

The brush heads are designed to clean teeth with ease, moving in between and gently moving out of tooth gaps and grooves for proper cleansing. Our dental hygienist can tell you more about using the interdental brush as an alternative to or alongside dental flossing at Advance Dental Clinic in Essex.

 

 

Considering the Correct Oral Healthcare Items

Toothpaste

If your teeth have a tendency to form plaque or tartar, you should ideally be choosing toothpaste that helps fight this condition. Within the available brands, choose one that is evaluated and approved by the appropriate government agency. This becomes all the more important as there are a number of brands that will do the job, but do not adhere to or fall within the accepted levels scientifically. Choose one that has fluoride content as it helps in preventing cavities. Finally, it comes down to a personal choice of taste and feel of the toothpaste. If the toothpaste is irritating to your cheeks or lips, causes sensitivity to the teeth or your mouth feels irritated after using it, change the toothpaste.

Toothbrush

Once you have your toothpaste, then you need to choose the right toothbrush. Dentists recommend the use of a toothbrush with soft bristles, particularly for those people who have sensitive teeth or gums. There is a misconception that hard bristles help in the removal of tartar and stains. This is not so, as sustained use can even cause damage to the teeth. Choose a toothbrush that is contoured to the alignment of your teeth and gums. Be sure to select a toothbrush that has a small head and can clean one or two teeth at a time. The toothbrush should be replaced every three months or when the bristles begin to look frayed or start spreading out.

Mouthwash

Most people use a mouth rinse too. This also should be one that contains fluoride which helps prevent cavities. However, it is not advisable for children below six years to use mouthwash, as they may swallow the rinse. You can always check with your dentist on what will work best for you. It makes choosing the right oral product easier.